a drawing from the archives. .  . I’m hoping to turn a few into cards soon:


“Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties in echinacea make it useful in many acute and chronic conditions. It is helpful for those dealing with colds, flu, respiratory distresses, sinus infections, sore throats, swollen glands, arthritis, fever, infected wounds, vaginal infections, candida overgrowth, prostatis, and urinary tract infections.” – Gail Faith Edwards Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs   This is not a tonic herb – this is an herb to keep nearby when you need it but not to take everyday.


As it is now officially fall (happy fall), it’s a good time to dig echinacea root and clean it and put it in some 80 proof (or higher) alcohol and make it into tincture for the wintertime (shake on occasion and wait 6 weeks or more). Or a good time to plant it in your garden if you don’t have it yet.


This weekend I saw something that I hadn’t really seen before – a pinecone being formed and it looked like the tree turned from branch to pinecone in a switch at the last minute.

Here:spruce cone

It turns out that not all coniferous trees do this, but it is a Spruce thing. cool.

I’m sure there is a deep hidden meaning here, but I need to go make dinner, so if you could fill it in, that’d be great.


the leaves are starting to blow down from the trees in the cooling winds.

it is good to be home and I pray for grace as we get ready for the winter with music, details, cooking and fall chores.

while we were out and about, AC got to be ringbearer in his aunt and uncle’s wedding. sweet.

ac is ringbearer